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‘No misconduct’ by Smiley Culture officers, police watchdog rules

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2280

The Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) has cleared police officers who were present at the death of Smiley Culture of misconduct.

An IPCC statement said there were “no individual failings which … amounted to misconduct” by officers involved in the raid on the home of reggae singer. The IPCC did, however, raise concerns over “operational planning and risk management”.

The statement added: “The commissioner has taken the decision not to formally refer the report to the Crown Prosecution Service as the investigation has found no evidence that a criminal offence may have been committed.”

Smiley, real name David Emmanuel, died of a single stab wound to the heart in March at his home in Surrey as four Metropolitan Police officers searched his property.

Merlin Emmanuel, Smiley’s nephew, has campaigned tirelessly since his uncle’s death. He spoke to Socialist Worker after he heard the news.

“It’s just hit home,” he said. “There’s not even an apology. They didn’t even have the decency to call us up. How can they even look themselves in the mirror?”

“This shouldn’t happen in this day and age,” said Merlin. “The campaign for justice goes on. The whole system is unjust. Anyone fighting for justice is my comrade.

“If the police had worked by their own rules, at very worst now I’d be visiting my uncle in prison. But instead I have to visit him in the cemetery.”

An inquest into Smiley’s death is due to take place next year, following the conclusion of two trials that he was allegedly involved in.


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Tue 29 Nov 2011, 14:25 GMT
Issue No. 2280
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